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Google buys mobile app toolkit Fabric from Twitter

Twitter has announced that Google has purchased Fabric for an undisclosed sum.

Fabric is Twitter’s set of tools that helps mobile app developers to build, distribute and monetize apps. These tools are designed to give developers easy access to Gnip, Fabric’s data platform, and the MoPub ad revenue platform. This gives a wide range of analytics and tools for development and a complete set of enterprise APIs driven by real-time and historical social data and hosted methods  [Read More…]

Order a ride share straight from Google Maps! [How-To]

Last week, Google gave me another reason to never download another map or direction app, they integrated ordering an Uber or Lyft directly into the Google Maps interface and, you guessed it, we are here to show you how to use it. Prerequisites: I know, no fluff this time. I’m so excited about this addition

From the Editor’s Desk: Flagship spotting

Have you heard? There’s a new Android flagship!

This industry has no shortage of irksome buzzwords (see: “iPhone killer,” “phablet,” “innovation” — I could go on.) But one that’s been almost entirely stripped of all meaning is the term “flagship.” It used to be that a flagship — the very best product in a series, intended to bear the standard of a particular brand — was easy to define. Then, with multiple high-end phone releases every year  [Read More…]

Struggling LeEco gets $2.4 billion investment lifeline from Chinese real estate company

LeEco has gotten some much-needed cash from a new investor.

LeEco has been struggling financially as of late as it expands globally, but Chinese real estate holding company Sunac China Holdings seems to have faith in the company as it acquired stakes in three LeEco businesses for 16.8 billion yuan, or about $ 2.4 billion.

Sunac acquired relatively small stakes in LeEco’s video streaming service and film production unit, alongside a 33% stake in LeEco’s television hardware  [Read More…]

Now you can easily hail a ride from Uber or Lyft inside Google Maps

Why did it take so long for this kind of functionality to come to Google Maps?

Google has announced that you can now hail a ride from your preferred ride-sharing service directly through the Maps app. Tap on the icon of the guy hailing a ride and Maps will offer you a complete list of ride options, including special offers and promotions for both Uber and Lyft.

The Google Maps  [Read More…]

Best phones you can pick up from T-Mobile right now

Stepping into the new year, you might find yourself craving a new phone. You can already check our AT&T and Verizon buying guides, but if you are not a fan of either carrier, an alternative would be to look towards T-Mobile. The magenta carrier offers plenty of mobile solutions and some of them are even

WhatsApp now lets you search for GIFs from within its interface

Spicing up your conversations with GIFs is easier than ever before.

The latest update to WhatsApp beta introduces GIF search, allowing you to search for and add GIFs without leaving the messaging platform. WhatsApp added support for GIFs a few months ago, although it was limited to sharing locally-saved GIFs. Today’s update makes it easier to search through Giphy’s extensive library and add GIFs directly from within WhatsApp’s interface. The update also increases the media sharing limit  [Read More…]

Holocube by Merge VR was the coolest surprise from CES

Holocube is incredibly cool, and one of our biggest surprises.

Holocube surprised us — a lot. It’s a VR accessory for any Google Cardboard user, made by the company responsible for one of the most colorful Google Cardboard clones you’ll see on shelves in stores. Holocube doesn’t require Merge VR to use it — in fact it doesn’t even require an Android phone. Truly anything that runs Cardboard apps can take advantage of this new accessory. What  [Read More…]

The coolest discoveries from CES 2017

You probably won’t buy this stuff, but it’s just so damn cool.

Our team comes out to the Consumer Electronics Show every year in search of the things that happen next. We meet with companies eager to show us what they’re planning to announce, oftentimes months before the announcement actually happens.

It’s a great place to get a feel for what the industry is going to do over the next year, and what trends we should prepare  [Read More…]

Verizon rolls out Note 7 update that stops phone from charging

It’s the end of the line for Note 7 holdouts on Verizon.

Verizon is pushing out its update for the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which effectively bricks the phone for conventional by preventing the device’s battery from being recharged. Once the battery reaches 0%, the phone will only be able to be powered on when plugged into a wall outlet or external charger.

The fact that there are still people clinging to their Note 7s despite  [Read More…]